• Samia Verbist

One Room Challenge - Spring 2021 - Bathroom Remodel - Week 6

ORC is almost done! This is one of the last weeks before the Big Reveal! How excited!

ORC is a motivational design event when you are looking for inspiration. It is fun, creative, and inspirational! This spring, as an interior designer, I will show you my process to turn an outdated guest bathroom into a bright and elegant space!

"First time on my blog? Welcome and thanks for coming by! My name is Samia Verbist, I am a French Interior Designer based in Huntington Beach, California. I obtained my Bachelor Degree in Interior Architecture in Paris, France and created my own interior design company in California 5 years ago. I love creating interesting designs for my clients and coming up with interiors that go above and beyond what they would have thought of. I love wallpaper, gold and my fab color is turquoise! My favorite places are Palm Springs and French Polynesia!"

This week was dedicated to the tile's installation which was a big thing and a dusty job! Armando, my contractor, removed the old tiles last week but then he had to prepare the walls. It is nearly impossible to remove tile without damaging a little the walls. There are several steps that must be done in order to prepare walls to be ready to tile over. The surface needs to be smooth so he had to scrape all the leftover mastic or tile adhesive off. Also as we decided to have the tiles going up to the ceiling, he replaced the regular drywalls for cement backer boards which is highly recommended in wet area. Then Armando created the shampoo niche and finished to prepare the walls. I will not detail all the steps, I'm the designer not the contractor, the technical process is not my specialty!

So, as you can see the tiles on the wall, the mosaic and the shampoo nice are done!

When you decide to change tiles, as an interior designer, I highly recommend you to have a design plan before you start attaching the tile. Because when the tile is install, you cannot remove it. So, really think about it before the installation: what style, size of tile, how do you want your tile? vertically? horizontally? Herribone? Do you want a mosaic? Up to the ceiling? etc etc etc. This will also help you calculate the quantity of tiles you will need (especially if you want a mosaic like in this project).

My tip: when using ceramic tile, try to find boxes with the same dye lot number (like for wallpaper, see my article about wallpaper here) . If you can’t find matching numbers, mix tile from different boxes when installing so any color variation won’t be as noticeable.

Of course, I decided the design when I did my 3D Rendering (see week 4 ) but if you don't have render, you can also do like this: install tiles on the floor the way you are thinking, take pictures and compare:

Now the most difficult part for my contractor is done! He still has some work (installation of vanity, lighting, glass door) but it will be easier!

Let's have our weekly look at the to-do lists...


  • Design a new bathroom Done

  • Select new tiles for floor and walls Done

  • Select new bathtub hardware Done

  • Select new vanity Done

  • Select new lighting Done

  • Select new medicine cabinet Done

  • Select glass bathtub door style Done

  • Select paint color for the wall Done

  • Create a 3D rendering of the new bathroom based on selection Done

  • Manage budget and delivery of all material Done

  • Manage contractor's work Working on it!


  • Remove cornice and shower curtain Done

  • Remove all tiles (floor and walls) Done

  • Remove all shower hardware Done

  • Remove vanity, mirror and lighting Done

  • Install new tiles (floor and walls) Done

  • Create a shampoo niche Done

  • Install new vanity

  • Install a surface mounted medicine cabinet

  • Install new lighting

  • Smooth the wall and paint it Done

  • Install new shower hardware Done

  • Install a frameless bathtub glass door

  • Install floating shelves

So, next week, we will install the vanity, the medicine cabinet, the light, the glass door and the floating shelves and we will be ready for the big reveal!!! Woohoo!

If you miss the first five weeks, please check it out:

Have a fantastic week!

Your Dedicated French Interior Designer



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